Yep, you need a net connection...Atari have issued a statement concerning the use of SecuROM technology on their latest scary adventure-em-up, Alone in the Dark.
It seems PC users will once again have to battle not just the forces of darkness in Central Park, but possibly also the forces of SecuROM before they even get to play the game. Here's Atari's brief announcement about it:
Atari and Eden Games’ Alone in the Dark for PC is certified Games for Windows and is compatible with Windows XP and Windows Vista operating systems.
The PC version of Alone in the Dark is protected using SecuROM™ online activation. This requires that in addition to the content on the game disk, players download an additional component via an internet connection in order to install and run the game. Once the game has been correctly installed and activated, it can be played whilst offline.
To install the game on a different computer, players must revoke the serial number when uninstalling from the first machine (this is an automatic option during the uninstall process).
For activation instructions and more information on the revoke system and license use, please go to the SecuROM FAQ at http://www.aitdunlock.com
PC minimum spec is as follows:
Operating System: Windows XP/Vista 32-bit & 64-bit
Processor: Intel Pentium 4 2.8 GHz or Athlon X2 +3800 (Intel Pentium 4 3.4 GHz or AMD Athlon 64 +4000 recommended) *
Memory: 1 GB RAM (2GB recommended)
Hard Disk Space: 9.5 GB free
DVD-ROM Drive: 4X speed or faster
Video: NVIDIA GeForce 7600 or ATI Radeon X1950 or better (NVIDIA GeForce 7800 GTX or ATI Radeon X1950 XTX or better recommended)
Sound: DirectX version 9.0c-compatible sound card
DirectX: DirectX version 9.0c (included) or higher
For more information about Alone in the Dark, visit www.centraldark.com
Here's hoping that other than needing a net connection to play, and the apparently painless uninstalling from one machine before installing on another, (if it does do it automatically), that this is the only hurdle gamers face in getting to run Atari's much-anticipated sequel to one of the best spooky adventures all PC gaming history.
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